The Grinch is back again this Christmas

Dennis Warden

The Christmas season is upon us. In fact Christmas day is less than two weeks away causing many of us to become a little stressed. But, it‘s all worth it because of the time we will spend with loved ones, not to mention the good food. 

The Christmas season also brings out dissent and downright hate in others in our society. They are the modern “Grinches”. And like the Grinch they have declared war on Christmas.

This has become expected from some on the far left. Each year they try to outdo each other in attacking all things related to Christmas.

We’ve come to expect the yearly attacks on nativity scenes and the dastardly Christmas tree. To be politically correct our local schools have winter or holiday concerts at this time of the year. Everyone know’s it’s Christmas break but the technical term used for official purposes, to keep the ACLU from suing the school district, is “winter break.”

Even that jolly old elf, Santa has been attacked this year. A substitute teacher in New Jersey told first-grade students that Santa Claus was not real.

Imagine the outrage you would feel if this happened locally.

Why would anyone think it was their job as a teacher to ruin Christmas for a group of 6-year-olds? Whether a child believes in Santa or not should be totally up to their parents.

Liberals have not just limited their attack to Christian displays this year. They have broadened their attacks to movies and songs, many, that while associated with Christmas, don’t promote Christianity at all.

The Huffington Post recently published a hit piece on the 1964 classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” attacking the movies’ “sins”. They accused the film of racism, sexism, homophobia, and every sort of bigotry.

It’s been a while since I enjoyed that movie with our own children. But as I recall the movie about the most famous reindeer of all, the story actually teaches important life lessons — Don’t judge others based on their differences; Follow your dreams; You can’t run away from your problems; Your home will always be your home; Parents are only human and make mistakes too; It feels good helping others; and Never underestimate the underdog.

In fact many holiday films teach us lessons. That’s why you feel so good after watching them.

Next on the hit list are Christmas songs. The P.C. Thought Police have tried to ban many classic Christmas songs for a variety of wrongs for everything including promoting rape — “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” white supremacy — “White Christmas,” and homophobia — “Deck the Hall.”

This comment I found on a web site says it all: “What a ridiculous bunch of bull. People just need to get over it. These songs were made with none of that sensitivity towards any one person, group, or gender. Just stop being or acting like these were made just to offend you.”

Most of this I can laugh off wondering why all these people let every little thing get under their skin, as if they don’t have better things to do with their time.

But, what has troubled me most is Dr. Eric Sprankle, a professor of clinical psychology, who recently tweeted that “the virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.” 

In other words he feels that God raped Mary as a teenager.

How sad. Anyone who says that has no understanding of Christianity or the Bible. As Luke tells us in his gospel, the angel Gabriel came to Mary and explained everything to her, giving her the choice to say yes or no. God gives all of us that same choice, whether to let Him come in our hearts or not. He never forces Himself on anyone.

That’s what makes Mary so special she replied “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

Like the Grinch depicted in Dr. Seuss’ classic, maybe those attacking Christmas didn’t get what they wanted as a child for Christmas. What they need is someone to show them Christ’s love so then they will get a heart and find the real meaning of Christmas, because the message of Christmas is not just for Christians. It is for believers and nonbelievers alike. It’s for everyone, even the Grinches of the world.

May your family be blessed with the love of Christ this Christmas.